Requests for Expressions of Interest to join an approved panel of intermediaries in Bendigo Region
The Department of Justice and Community Safety is piloting an exciting new initiative within the criminal justice system, which involves the recruitment of intermediaries. An intermediary is a skilled communicator who is available during the police interview and at court to facilitate two-way communication between a vulnerable witness and others. The pilot program has recently extended to Bendigo region and the department’s Intermediary Pilot Program is seeking expression of interests from suitably qualified professionals to join a panel of intermediaries. Intermediaries for the pilot are professionals from four primary disciplines: speech pathology, social work, psychology and occupational therapy. The scheme requires professionals with a range of different competencies, including child development, complex trauma, speech and language difficulties, mental health, intellectual disability, autism spectrum, acquired brain injury and complex communication needs. To be registered as an Intermediary, and be approved by the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Community Safety to join the intermediary panel, the applicant must have: • at least five years clinical experience in their field • demonstrated competencies in at least one area of communication need • successfully completed five (non-consecutive) days of comprehensive training on the criminal justice system and the role of an intermediary. The pilot commenced on 1 July 2018 and will run until 30 June 2020 at six police stations (Frankston, Fawkner, Box Hill, Geelong, Knox and Moorabbin), and all court jurisdictions within the Melbourne CBD, Geelong and Bendigo (Children’s Court, Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court). Intermediaries are reimbursed $170.00 per hour (plus GST) for face-to-face contact with witnesses and $680.00 (plus GST) for the court report. Applicants must complete some online training and be available to attend three days of face-to-face training in September and October 2019 (17/9, 24/9 & 2/10). Participants will not be reimbursed for their attendance at training. Please refer to the intermediary job description and the legal practitioner’s fact sheet for more information about the Intermediary Pilot Program.